Originally wanted to be a marine biologist but changed her mind when she saw the movie Jaws (1975).
Was an extra on the show "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996).
Graduated from Burleson High School, Burleson, Texas in 2000.
She won the first "American Idol" contest, September 4, 2002. Her first single came out in late September of that year.
Was a cocktail waitress at a comedy club in Arlington, Texas and at Hyena's Comedy Club in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
Her first single sold nearly 250,000 copies in its first week.
Her first single, "A Moment Like This", set records by jumping from number 52 to the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Beat out more than 10,000 people to land a $1 million recording contract on "American Idol" (2002).
Brother: Jason (b. 1973), sister: Alyssa (b. 1976).
Kelly stayed up all night before her "American Idol" (2002) audition so she wouldn't sleep through the alarm, which she frequently did in high school.
Used to work at a bookstore and at a zoo.
Used to work at Hollywood Theatres in Burleson, Texas.
Sang the National Anthem at The Day of Service in Washington D.C., on September 11, 2002.
Christina Aguilera co-wrote her hit, "Miss Independent".
Came in second place in World Idol (2003) (TV).
Debut album, "Thankful" went double platinum.
Is of Greek, Welsh, and Irish descent.
Sophmore album, "Breakaway", debuted at number three.
Is the first artist in the Billboard Radio Monitor era to hold the No. 1 spot at Mainstream Top 40 and AC during the same week with two different songs (Breakaway and Since U Been Gone).
Ranked #92 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World (2005).
Became the first artist to have two songs in the top three of Billboard's Pop 100 Airplay chart (Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes)
Underwent LASIK eye surgery to correct her vision
As of July 2005, she is the top-selling "American Idol" (2002) contestant, having sold approximately five million albums in the U.S. and having had five Top 10 singles.
First artist to have two songs in the top 3 of the Billboard Pop Airplay 100 simultaneously, with "Since U Been Gone" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes".
Her first album, Thankful, has sold more than 2.5 million copies in America. Her sophomore album, Breakaway, has sold more than 6.2 million copies in the US, with almost 25 million in sales worldwide.
Held a record on TRL for a song to be number one on the countdown.
Won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ('Since U Been Gone') and Best Pop Vocal Album ('Breakaway') at the Grammy Awards on February 8th 2006. Kelly also performed "Because of You" at the ceremony and received a standing ovation.
Ranked as #92 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005).
Fave Song: Des'ree "Kissing You.
Accepted 2 Grammy Awards the award for Pop Female Vocal for "Since U Been Gone" and now, her album has been awarded Best Pop Album!
Named #50 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Fired her manager, Jeff Kwatinetz, in summer 2007.
Said in a Reader's Digest interview that as a toddler, she would often walk around naked and that, to this day, hates wearing clothes. Calls wardrobe fittings "the death of me".
Had jobs as a teenager and determined that once she started making money as a musician, she never wanted to have to take a job for the money. Working with her business manager, she said she has financially set herself up for life.
Performed "Ave Maria" for Pope Benedict XVI on April 19, 2008. This took place at St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, New York.
Video for "My Life Would Suck Without You" placed number #6 on VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2009.
Video for "I Do Not Hook Up" placed number #25 on VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2009.
Is the only "American Idol" (2002) winner to hold the title less than a year. This is because season one aired in June and the show began again the next spring.
Peformed "Everybody's Got Their Something" at the 2010 'America Celebrates the Fourth of July' at the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C.
Has twice broken the Billboard Hot 100 record for a song's biggest leap to #1. First with "A Moment Like This" in 2002 (52-1) & in 2009 with "My Life Would Suck Without You" (97-1).
Video for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" placed #4 on VH1's Top 20 Videos of 2012.
Was offered scholarships to three universities but decided to pursue a music career.
On boys: "You need to establish yourself before you let someone else in - I'm still finding myself".
I'm petite but I was the biggest girl on my season. Everyone else weighed 100 pounds. Reporters would ask, 'So what's it like being a big girl?' and I thought, 'Big? What?' It was like, 'Wait, what am I doing wrong?' Luckily, I had a great mom and dad who helped me grow up feeling comfortable in my own skin. I have a curvy figure, which guys like. And performing isn't about looking the best or being the most beautiful. I do it because I love it. Look, nobody else has my butt. Nobody has my eyes. Nobody has my nose. It's all mine. And that's what makes me different from everyone.
I'm only 27, not 40 and still single! I enjoy being single, I love work and I think people are so passive with relationships and I'm not that person.
I'm an extremist, I'm either in a relationship or I'm not. I'm honest about it and I'll tell people, it's just there's nothing to tell. I have a very good life."
I love my body. I'm very much OK with it. I don't think artists are ever the ones who have the problem with their weight, it is other people.
The rumors are not helping me on the dating front! I prefer the boys. I'm extremely flattered when I do get hit on by girls, and I think it's hot, but I'm not into it. I like boys.
[on taking criticism from the judges] I come from a very sarcastic and loving family at the same time, but I'm very thick-skinned. So, it's really not going to affect me to an extent. I really feel for the people that it does.
On fiancé Brandon Blackstock: "I've never been truly loved like I am right now".
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